Memories shared as Pangerang Community House marks 30 years
MEMBERS of the community, young and old, gathered at Pangerang Community House on Friday to celebrate its 30th year of operation.
A free barbecue, live music and memories of past volunteers and students all added to the fun.
Lyn Corbett, who volunteered at Pangerang for 20 years, said the house was like a home away from home.
“I always felt so welcome here and even though I volunteered in childcare, I would tidy up after things and do jobs around the house like I would at home,” she said.
“I worked with one woman who had a disability for 10 years so the connections you make are huge and as the house grew a job opportunity for childcare came up which I took and my time at Pangerang made the process so much easier.
“Being the community house, you’d get people new to town who are made to feel welcome into the community and a lot of them would
CELEBRATING: Volunteer Hayley Buck and Pangerang childcare student Ivy Akers dance up a storm.
FAMILY: Joining in the 30 year celebrations on friday were (from left) Aunty Betty Cherry, Pangerang volunteers Amanda Scott and Rat Beattie (back), past volunteer Lyn Corbett and Pangerang House coordinator Tennille Hall.
the moment, but they are also looking to expand.She said the house was a popular as ever, with the latest data indicating they engaged with 235 people every week through their courses and childcare services.“There’s a need to look at growth of childcare and we’re also looking more in the west end of Wangaratta for possible locations for more courses in those areas,” she said.“We’d like to utilise the bike tracks out there for example, and give younger people and people with a lack of mobility easier access to the house, and also encourage healthy living like riding to your community house.“Parking in Ovens Street is a continued issue so another location could be more efficient in that way too.“We’ve been holding pop up workshops in the town and hope to do a few more to talk to the community about their needs and we’re constantly looking for funding to do all these great things.
Get your guide to the jazz festival in Friday’s Chronicle.